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January 26, 2019

Brood VIII will emerge in 2019 in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia

Filed under: Brood VIII,Magicicada,Periodical — Dan @ 8:01 am

We’re Less than 1 month from the Brood VIII cicada emergence, weather permitting. Here’s some signs they’re about to emerge.

Periodical cicada Brood VIII (Eight) will emerge in 2019 in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and the tip of the northern panhandle of West Virginia. The last time this brood emerged was in 2002.

What, when, where, and why:

What:

  • Millions of these: Magicicada septendecim Brood VII 2018 09
  • Cicada insects with a 17-year life cycle.
  • Some people call them “locusts” but they’re really cicadas.
  • Which species: All three 17-year species, Magicicada septendecim, Magicicada cassini and Magicicada septendecula. How to tell the difference between the species.
  • NOT the green ones that arrive annually.

When: Typically beginning in mid-May and ending in late June. These cicadas will begin to emerge approximately when the soil 8″ beneath the ground reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit. A nice, warm rain will often trigger an emergence.

Other tips: these cicadas will emerge after the trees have grown leaves, and, by my own observation, around the same time Iris flowers bloom.

Where:

  • Magicicada.org has the most up to date maps, including this modernized Google map
  • Report sightings to: Magicicada.org.
  • Pennsylvania Counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, Lawrence, Venango, Washington, Westmoreland.
  • Pennsylvania Cities: Apollo, Baden, Beaver, Burgettstown, Center Township, Cheswick, Chippewa, Cranberry, Economy Boro, Ellwood City, Fawn Township, Finnleyville, Freedom, Gilpin, Greensburg, Harmony, Hopewell, Indiana, Midland, Natrona Heights, New Brighton, Pittsburgh, Robinson Township, Rochester, Sewickley, Shelocta, West Deer, and more.
  • Ohio Counties: Columbiana, Mahoning. Trumbull, Ashtabula.
  • Ohio Cities: Boardman, East Liverpool, Lisbon, Mineral Ridge, Toronto, Wellsville, Youngstown, and more.
  • West Virginia Counties: Hancock
  • West Virginia Cities: Weirton, and more.
  • County data is from the Cicada Central Periodical Cicada Record Database and Periodical Cicadass, the Plaugue and the Puzzle by Gene Kritsky. Cities come from 2002 reports.
  • 🔥 Public places good for tourists include Keystone State Park, PA and Tomlinson Run State Park, WV.
  • 🔥 Brood VIII does overlap with Brood V (which emerged 3 years ago). Most of Brood VIII is east of V.
  • As a general rule, if you experienced Brood V in 2016, or did not experience Brood VIII in 2002, you won’t experience them this year.
  • Not sure? Ask someone in your community who lived there 17 years ago.

Visually, the cities mentioned above look like this:
Map

Why: Why do they emerge in massive numbers every 17-years? In a nutshell, the long life cycle has helped them avoid gaining a specific above-ground predator, and the massive numbers allow them to satiate predators in general, allowing enough to survive and reproduce.

Bonus content:

Video of newly emerged periodical cicada nymphs:

Magicicada cicada nymph mania from Cicada Mania on Vimeo.

More facts and fun:

82 Comments »

  1. Stacy Goodwin says:

    Two years ago we had them bad in Napier, WV, right at Bulltown. I found thousands of cicada shells on my trees. They flew right at us. The noise was deafening. I’m not looking forward to this if they are coming back.

    1. Dan says:

      @Stacy. Don’t worry — if you had them 2 years ago, you won’t have them this year. They’ll mostly be in the most northern parts of the northern pan-handle.

      1. Shawn showalter says:

        Would you say that Bedford county Pennsylvania will have them? I remember they were here in like 2002 or so seems like they were attracted to noise ?

        1. Dan says:

          @Shawn Bedford has Brood X http://magicicada.org/magicicada/brood_10/ which emerged in 2004. There’s also a chance that an isolated group of Brood VIII exists in Bedford, but it’s undocumented. Let us know if you notice anything.

          Cicadas are attracted to the sound of vibrating machines like lawnmowers, drills, saws, etc.

  2. Nikki says:

    Hello! Will we be getting them in Colliers, WV in Brooke county? I am deathly afraid of them and I’m hoping I don’t have to deal with them this year!😩🙏🏻

    1. Dan says:

      @Nikki looks like Brood county is just south and west of the brood.

  3. Sandy Mansmann says:

    I live past the area mentioned along Rt 136, near the golf course, across from Mingo Park, on heavily wooded acreage, and had an invasion about three years ago.
    They killed some newly-planted trees, even with close-weave netting covering them. So am being a little more cautious this year just in case they reappear. They can make all the noise they want, just leave me baby trees alone!!

  4. Lins says:

    I had millions in 2016 in my yard. Since I had them then, will I get them again? Bentleyville. Pa

    1. Dan says:

      @Lins, it looks like Bentleyville, PA is just south of Brood VIII, so you will not get them this year. Broods usually don’t overlap. What you experienced in 2016 was Brood V.

  5. Bob merritt says:

    I live in Glenmoor oh, close to East Liverpool, what’s the forecast for this area. If its like it was in 2002 or worse its gonna be bad.

    1. Dan says:

      @Bob Should be the same as 2002.

  6. Patty says:

    Thank you so much for the information on this site. I am happy to see that I won’t have to travel far this year to experience God’s amazing creation, the cicada 😊

  7. Jesse Gaskill says:

    What about Fayette county

    1. Dan says:

      @Jesse — too far south.

  8. Lise says:

    In 2002 they were all over Franklin county in Ohio. You said that Columbus was too far west but I remember how many there were that year.

    1. Dan says:

      Let us know what you see in 2019. What you describe was undocumented. Could have been an odd acceleration of Brood X, which would have emerged in significant numbers in 2004.

      1. David Moore says:

        I Was Pulling Up my Back Patio today And There Were 100’s of Them Underneath The 12’×6 Inch Blocks I was Amazed.I POSTED A PIC TO FACEBOOk

        1. Dan says:

          That is awesome to hear. Usually they find their way to the edge of the pavers. Sometimes they don’t.

  9. Chris says:

    I have cicadas in Brevard, NC.28712 I live on Cedar Mountain. They emerged last night or the night before. Being from California ( for 50 years) I thought it’s awfully early for crickets isn’t it? Ha. Nope they’re here. As the chart says these are stragglers of Brood lX. (?)

  10. Brenda says:

    I live in Seaman Ohio will we see the cicadas this year

    1. Dan says:

      @Brenda, no periodical cicadas for Seaman, OH this year.

  11. Allee H says:

    Will cicadas appear in Claysville and Taylorstown? My daughter is terrified of cicadas and I would like to know so I will be prepared

    1. Dan says:

      I don’t see records for those towns. It seems like they’re south-west of the Brood. But you might want to check with your town elders to make sure.

  12. Cicada Willy says:

    Many people are talking about eating cicadas, I like that.

    Does anyone else in the Western Pennsylvania/Eastern OH region feel some BROODing sense that something is about to happen?

    1. Dan says:

      Not that I’ve heard of, other than limited groups of people during one of these events.

  13. Kristina says:

    How early do we see the holes in the ground before they come out

    1. Dan says:

      They start building their tunnels the year before, but I’ve only noticed signs of holes a few weeks before. Look for animals (like birds or squiirels) digging for them in the dirt. Or caps of soil (called chimneys) about the soil. If you discover one in the soli, you can tell it is ready to emerge when its eyes are red.

      1. Kristina says:

        Thank you for the info…I have a phobia of them and I don’t remember them in 2002 in city of Washington I definitely remember them in 1999 and just in 2016…I’’m trying to see if I even need to be worried about it…thank you

  14. Davy Shian says:

    For those of you curious about the cicadas, I recommend that you read my comic book, “Cicda: Exotic Views”. You might find it interesting and fun. It’s a comic book for kids and adults.

    See the reviews on Amazon.

    https://www.amazon.com/Cicada-Exotic-Views-Davy-Shian/product-reviews/7531030934?reviewerType=all_reviews

    Regards,

    Davy

    1. Dan says:

      Your book is a fun read. I still have my copy.

  15. Bruce says:

    I might have to make a trip to Western PA. Cicadas are delicious fried with some hot sauce.

  16. Jeanette Carpenter says:

    When will they be in North Carolina?

  17. Andrew King says:

    How long do the cicadas stay nymphs, above ground, before hatching into adults?

  18. Kristina says:

    Will Brood VIII be as large as brood v in the city of Washington

    1. Dan says:

      I don’t know. We’ll have to see.

  19. Kristina says:

    What about the city of Washington? We got a massive amount for Brood V…I don’t remember them in 2002?

    1. Dan says:

      @Kristina Based on this map http://magicicada.org/magicicada/brood_08/ it looks like Washington PA is in range.

  20. Hi Dan, we had loads of these in South Franklin Washington PA in 1999 and 2016. Will they be coming again?!?

  21. James scarfone says:

    My farm is in mcdonald pa. Will we get them?

    1. Dan says:

      Looks like it’s in range, but since it’s a farm, you’ve probably removed most of the trees, so you wouldn’t get them. Cicadas are parasites of trees.

  22. Tiffany says:

    We had the brood V in Toronto Ohio in 2016. Will we get the Cicadas again this year?

    1. Dan says:

      Maybe… the two broods are right next to each other. You might be just outside the range of VIII.
      http://magicicada.org/magicicada/brood_08/
      http://magicicada.org/magicicada/brood_05/

    2. Lisa says:

      I live in Bloomingdale and I also had them 2016, will they be in my area?

      1. Dan says:

        It’s likely that if you experienced them in 2016, you won’t in 2019.

  23. Megan says:

    I live outside Washington a bit. We had millions just a few years ago. Do you think we will get this brood also? Near Wolfdale.

    1. Kristina says:

      Also curious???

  24. Lisa lewis says:

    Are cicadas expected this summer in Waynesburg Pa (Greene county)?

    1. Dan says:

      Waynesburg Pa might be too far south.

  25. Cameron says:

    Hi Dan. Sorry to bother you again, but do you think they will be in Butler Memorial Park in Butler PA?

    1. Dan says:

      I don’t know about that one.

  26. Cameron says:

    Hi Dan, are there any specific parks that they will be in this year in Southwestern Pennsylvania?

    1. Dan says:

      I’ll add some hotspots to the main article soon. Check back soon.

  27. Barbara says:

    Will they be any where near Franklin County in Ohio? Like in the Columbus area?

    1. Dan says:

      No. Too far west.

  28. Chris Simon says:

    Brood VIII is largely north of Pittsburg but we are interested in its southern boundary so please report especially in this area. Brood V appeared in Washington Co. PA three years ago e.g,, Driving along PA 136 Loud Magicicada cassini all along with Magicicada septendecim loud in spots. E.g., at Preston Rd. Golf course with shorter trees along 136 9 miles east of College St. in Washington PA. And the cicadas were especially heavy in Washington Park.

  29. Tammy says:

    We had tons of them 2 years ago in Fayette county, Pa. We aren’t getting them again are we?

  30. Erik says:

    Will the city of Washington pa have cicadas. We didn’t get them 17 years ago.

    1. Dan says:

      If you didn’t get them last time, you won’t get them this time.

    2. Tamara Gorby says:

      Oh yes we did get them last time in Washington pa. TONS of them !

      1. Erik says:

        What year was this. We got them in 99 and 2016

        1. Dan says:

          Brood V

          1999 & 2016 was Brood V which is just west of Brood VIII.

          1. Erik says:

            I think she was confused on the year. I think she meant the 2016 cicadas. We got a bunch then, and in 1999. However we didn’t get any in 2002.

  31. Kristy Terling says:

    Will they be in Houston Pa in southern part of Washington County?

    1. Dan says:

      It’s with the realm of possibility according to the maps.

  32. Robert says:

    Is Hamilton County in southern Ohio safe?

    1. Dan says:

      @Robert, yes. Hamilton will get some Brood X in 2021, and the next BIG one will be XIV in 2025.

  33. Barb says:

    Will they be in Peters Township Pa Washington County

    1. Dan says:

      @Barb, I think its a safe bet Peters Township will get some cicadas.

    2. Jen says:

      Will they be just north of Pittsburgh, PA (Wexford area)? I do not remember these from 2002, so could that be an indicator that they may not be as prevalent where I live?

      1. Dan says:

        They will be in some areas. Their locations are often “patchy” meaning they don’t appear everywhere, limited to small areas within a town. But, if they didn’t appear someplace last time, chances are they won’t appear there this time.

      2. Angie Smith says:

        Jen I lived in Butler county, PA in 2002 we had swarms of them. I only remember because that was the year my mom passed away and I picked them up to scare her. She hated them 😂

  34. Barb says:

    What about Salem Ohio?

    1. Dan says:

      Maybe… it’s a little on the west side of things, but keep a lookout for them.

  35. Juke Joint Jimmy says:

    I can’t wait. They really do taste like peanut butter.

    1. Tamara Gorby says:

      Too many joints there jimmy !!

  36. Laurel says:

    How about Steubenville, Ohio?

    1. Dan says:

      @Laurel Looks like Steubenville, Ohio is in range.

  37. Theresa says:

    They have emerged in Severna Park, Maryland in my yard!

  38. Lyn says:

    Will there be mass numbers of cicada in the Lower Burrell, PA (Westmoreland County of PA) this summer?

    1. Dan says:

      @Lyn, Lower Burrell is in range for this brood. There might not be massive numbers like other places, but it is in range.

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